Local barbershop chorus celebrates 50th anniversary

"It happens," laughed Brooks.

"We actually do make a difference," Tortorelli-Brooks said. "Music is such good therapy."

To celebrate their 50 years of being chartered and their commitment to the community, The Cumberland Bay Show Chorus performed for a nearly packed house at the E. Glenn Giltz auditorium in Hawkins Hall at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh May 30.

With the theme "Come Celebrate the Sound," the chorus sang many barbershop hits, sharing the stage with other nearby choruses.

Joining the barbershoppers were "Our Town," "The Green Mountain Chorus," "Philharmonix," "Champlain Valley Sweet Adelines," and the Plattsburgh High School Select Vocal Ensemble.

"It's going to be like a reunion, old home week with everybody coming," Tortorelli-Brooks said before the show.

The finale also had past barbershoppers from The Cumberland Bay Barbershoppers as well as throughout the chorus' district.

"It's a celebration," she added.

If interested in joining The Cumberland Bay Show Chorus, they meet at the North Country Alliance Church, 7 Northern Ave., every Tuesday from 7-9:30 p.m. You may also call president Mike Deeb at 561-0545.

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